Three-tailed Bashaw to Thunder
Three Tuns A fish ordinary in Billingsgate, famous as far back as the reign of Queen Anne.
Threshers Members of the Catholic organisation instituted in 1806. One object was to resist the payment of tithes. Their threats and warnings were signed Captain Thresher.
Threshold Properly the door-sill, but figuratively applied to the beginning of anything; as, the threshold of life (infancy), the threshold of an argument (the commencement), the threshold of the inquiry (the first part of the investigation). (Saxon, thoerscwald, door-wood; German, thürschwelle; Icelandic, throsulldur. From thür comes our door.)
Throgmorton Street (London). So named from Sir Nicholas Throckmorton, head of the ancient Warwickshire family, and chief banker of England in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
Through-stone (A). A flat gravestone, a stone coffin or sarcophagus, also a bond stone which extends
over the entire thickness of a wall. In architecture, called Perpent or Perpend Stones or Throughs.
(French, Pierre parpainge.)
Od! he is not stirring yet, mair than he were a through-stane.- Sir W. Scott: The Monastery (Introduction).Throw To throw the helve after the hatchet. (See Helve .)
Throw Throw lots of dirt, and some will stick. Find plenty of fault, and some of it will be believed. In Latin, Fortiter calumniari, aliquid adhærebit.
Throw your Eye on Give a glance at. In Latin, oculos [in aliquem] conjicere.
Hubert, Hubert, throw thine eyeThrowing an Old Shoe for Luck (See under Shoe .)
Now, for goode luck caste an old shoe after me.- Haywood (1693-1756).
Ay, with all my heart, there's an old shoe after you.- The Parson's Wedding (Dodsley, vol. ix. p. 499).Thrums Weaver's ends and fagends of carpet, used for common rugs. (The word is common to many languages, as Icelandic, thraum; German, trumm; Dutch, drom; Greek, thrumma; all meaning fag- ends or fragments.)
Come, sisters, come, cut thread and thrum;Thread and thrum. Everything, good and bad together.
Thrummy Cap A sprite described in Northumberland fairy tales as a queer-looking little auld man, whose exploits are generally laid in the cellans of old castles.
Thug [a cheat]. So a religious fraternity in India was called. Their patron goddess was Devi or Kali, wife of Siva. The Thugs lived by plunder, to obtain which they never halted at violence or even murder. In some provinces they were called stranglers (phansigars), in the Tamil tongue noosers (ari tulukar), in the Canarese catgut thieves (tanti kalleru). They banded together in gangs mounted on horseback, assuming the appearance of merchants; some two or more of these gangs concerted to meet as if by accident at a given town. They then ascertained what rich merchants were about to journey, and either joined the party or lay in wait for it. This being arranged, the victim was duly caught with a lasso, plundered, and strangled. (Hindu, thaga, deceive.)
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